My Illnesses (Masterpost)

Thanks to having quite the collection of diagnoses, this page serves as an index to posts and other information about each of my illnesses. If you have questions about any of my illnesses or chronic illness in general, I have a dedicated illness FAQ you can peruse. If your question isn’t answered there, please don’t hesitate to hit me up!

Illnesses are listed in order of diagnosis. More info links go to external pages I believe explain the illnesses best.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

Diagnosed October 2006.
A complex neuroimmune disorder which affects multiple systems with many symptoms. The main two symptoms are extreme fatigue unrelieved by rest and post-exertional malaise (PEM).

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #me/cfs

Fibromyalgia

Diagnosed October 2009.
A chronic pain disorder in which the entire musculoskeletal system is affected due to the brain and spinal cord incorrectly processing pain signals. Widespread pain, and sensitivity to pressure and other non-painful stimuli are the two main symptoms.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #fibro

Recurrent Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern (Spring-Onset)

Diagnosed December 2010.
Previously known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this is a mental condition in which there is a mood change triggered by the change in seasons. In my case, those seasons are spring and summer.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #sad

Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy

Diagnosed September 2013.
A seizure disorder which doesn’t have an identifiable cause and involves the entire brain (instead of single lobes). I experience are tonic-clonic (convulsive) seizures upon awakening and absence seizures.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #epilepsy

Interstitial Cystitis (IC)

Diagnosed June 2014.
A disorder of the urinary system which causes bladder pain and pain upon urination with relief for a short while after peeing. It also causes an increase in frequency of urination and sudden strong urges to pee.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #ic

Sebopsoriasis

Diagnosed December 2015.
An autoimmune disorder where there is an overproduction of skin cells causing red and scaly patches of skin in areas commonly associated with seborrhoeic dermatitis (scalp, face, and ears).

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #psoriasis

Endometriosis

Diagnosed March 2018.
A condition where cells similar to endometrial tissue (which normally grows inside of the uterus) grow outside of the uterus, causing pain which is worsened during menstruation.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #endo

Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA)

Diagnosed August 2018.
The same autoimmune disorder that causes my psoriasis also affects my joints (in particular, my right sacroiliac joint, neck and toes). Symptoms of PsA include pain and stiffness caused by inflammation.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #psa

Panic Disorder

Diagnosed November 2020.
An anxiety disorder characterised by recurring episodes of panic attacks (a period of intense fear that causes distressing physical and mental symptoms), usually with no obvious trigger.

More Info ♦ My Story ♦ #panic disorder